Site Selectors Guild Announces Five Ady Scholarship Recipients

Site Selectors Guild Announces Five Ady Scholarship Recipients

April 2, 2024

The Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants, announced the five recipients of its Robert M. Ady Professional Scholarship Program. The scholarship is awarded to deserving economic development professionals at organizations with limited financial resources.

The five scholarship recipients in 2024 are:

  • Deb Barnett, Executive Director, Southern Illinois Now (Carbondale, IL, USA)
  • Rachel Downs, Business Engagement Manager, County of Yuba (Marysville, CA, USA)
  • Lucas Froeschl, Executive Director, Falls City Economic Development and Growth Enterprise, Inc. (Falls City, NE, USA)
  • Sal Maniaci, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Washington, MO (Washington, MO, USA)
  • Kaylee Paffrath, President/CEO, Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (Moberly, MO, USA)

Scholarship recipients receive complimentary registration to the Guild’s 2024 Annual Conference being held in Nashville, TN, USA, from April 3-5. The conference is the largest gathering in the world of professional site selection consultants, making it a leading professional development and networking opportunity for the 500 economic development professionals in attendance.

Applications for the scholarship program are evaluated by a committee of Guild members based on financial need, accomplishments in economic development and a demonstrated desire to engage with site selection professionals. Candidates from communities typically underrepresented in economic development receive priority.

“The Site Selectors Guild is committed to supporting the professional growth of economic developers, and we are particularly proud to welcome the five deserving scholarship recipients for three days of learning, knowledge sharing and networking at this year’s Annual Conference,” said Larry Gigerich, Site Selectors Guild board chair and executive managing director at Ginovus.

The scholarship program is named after Robert M. Ady, founder of the Site Selectors Guild. Ady rose through the ranks of Fantus Consulting, the first leading site selection firm, before starting his own firms and becoming a lifelong champion of the economic development and site selection industries and professions. After Ady’s passing in 2012, the Guild established the scholarship program to honor his influence on the industry and the professional paths he helped carve for future economic development practitioners.

Learn more about the Robert M. Ady Professional Scholarships Program at

About the Site Selectors Guild

The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe and for every industry, sector, and function. Founded in 2010, the Site Selectors Guild is dedicated to advancing the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting integrity, objectivity, and professional development. Members are peer-nominated, vetted, and must demonstrate significant professional location advisory experience. In 2023, Guild members facilitated the committed or announced creation of approximately 107,000 jobs and $101 billion in capital investment by corporate clients, which required location analysis across 74 countries. Guild membership is the highest standard in the site selection industry. For more information, visit or follow Site Selectors Guild on LinkedIn.

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